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Introduction to Sociology II—Social Movements (Revision 4)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: None. SOCI 287 is recommended
SOCI 288 is not available for challenge.
SOCI 288 is designed to introduce students to the study of social movements. Beginning with a theoretical introduction to social movements in Unit 1, we move on to discuss issues that underlie social movements in Western nations and throughout the world.
The course author states
I have four major objectives in presenting this course:
- to provide an overview of theoretical, methodological and substantive issues surrounding the investigation of social movements.
- to examine common themes and issues in social movement research, with a focus on ideology and propaganda.
- to introduce you to the Internet as tool of democratic change.
- to continue the process, initiated in Sociology 287, of teaching you to think like a critical sociologist.
SOCI 288 and its companion course, SOCI 287, provide a full-year introduction to the study of sociology at the university level.
SOCI 288 comprises the following six units.
Unit 1: Introduction to Social Movements
Unit 2: The End of Homework
Unit 3: The Media and Ideology
Unit 4: Competition
Unit 5: Global Issues
Unit 6: Antiwar Movements, Internet Analysis and Final Paper
To receive credit for SOCI 288, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a “D” (50 percent). You must also achieve a minimum grade of 50 per cent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Forum participation||Research essay||Final examination||Total|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator or at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure a computer with an Internet connection and an accepted web browser is available for your use at the invigilation centre. For more information on AU's Online Exam Project please visit the Office of the Registrar site.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Hathaway, W. (2010). Radical peace: People refusing war. Waterville, OR: Trine Day LLC.
Kohn, A. (1992). No contest: The case against competition (rev. ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Kralovec, E. & Buell, J. (2000). The end of homework: How homework disrupts families, overburdens children, and limits learning. Boston: Beacon Press.
Miller, D, & Dinan, W. (2008). A century of spin: How public relations became the cutting edge of corporate power. London: Pluto Press.
Shiva, V. (2000). Stolen harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
Staggenborg, S. 2nd. ed., (2011). Social movements. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press Canada.
SOCI 288 presents an online Study Guide and makes extensive use of a Digital Reading Room.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, April 20, 2011.
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Updated January 27 2014